|1348 - Death of John de Fauconberg of Skelton Castle.
He was succeeded by his son, Walter, who was married to Maud, the daughter of John, Lord of Pateshull.
John de Fauconberg may well have been a victim of the Black Death, as the bubonic plague spread across Britain about this time.
1349 - The Inquisitiones Post Mortem 23 Edward III, which is a survey of the assets of the Fauconbergs on the death of John, states:-
"In demesne, 24 bovates of weak and Moorish land, each worth 4 shillings...before the mortality of men in these parts this year."
"30 acres of meadow each worth 1shilling per annum before the Death."
in Westminster Abbey.
|The castle is described in this year as being difficult to maintain.
There is a mention of a:-
"park of oaks with game, called le Wespark' and 'Maugrey Park with deer" The area to the west of Skelton Castle, to Skelton
Ellars and over Airey Hill to Margrove Park was part of the private woodland hunting reserve of Skelton Castle.
1350 - "Speech......especially in Yorkshire is so harsh and rude that we southern men can hardly understand it." states a book
of this year.
1353 - Dec to March 54. A long severe winter in Britain.
1355 Edward III had been at War with France with since 1337 to maintain his right to Aquitaine, which land he had inherited and to pursue his claim to the French throne.
1356 - The "opening" of Parliament was conducted in English instead of French. Walter de Fauconberg was called to its meetings.
1360 - Statute of Pleading ordered that all matters in the Courts of Justice should be conducted in English.
| 1362 - Death of Walter de Fauconberg of Skelton Castle. He was succeeded by his son, Thomas de Fauconberg who
came into two thirds of the estate and the other third was settled on his mother Isabel.
Thomas was insane and his two thirds were put in the charge of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland.
The blue marble tombstone in old Skelton Church is believed to mark the resting place of one or more of the Fauconbergs
1366 - Rights of mines and quarries in Skelton are mentioned in document Edward III 40.
1377 - Death of Edward III and accession of Richard II.
The First Poll Tax was imposed on all persons over the age of 14 and set at one Groat [4 old pence, 1.6 new pence] per person.
Stone coffins have been unearthed in the cemetery which surrounds old All Saints Church, near Skelton Castle and these are now
kept within the Church itself.
They have never been dated, but are probably from the time of the Fauconbergs.
|1381 - Third Poll Tax imposed on all persons aged 15 years or more, at one shilling per person.
Peasants Revolt: began and Watt Tyler marched on London in protest against the poll tax.
1388 - Statute of Cambridge, a 'Poor Law' which forbade servants from leaving their own area, termed 'their hundred' and made each area responsible for their own poor. No real provision was made for the sick and poor who for the next 200 years depended on charity alone.
1396 - A charter records a grant of 'a burgage with croft next to 'Potteraw', which has been assumed by some to be a street
inhabited by potters.
1399 - Murder of Richard II and accession of Henry IV.